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Information, snapshots of learning, and resources showing how teachers are using technologies to support collaboration, personalising learning, and authentic learning experiences within the social sciences learning area.

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Future focus in the social sciences
Secondary teacher Richard Brudvik-Lindner explains how he uses a future focus to help students think about their learning in a different way, resulting in improvements in achievement and engagement.

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Geocaching was used at Papatoetoe High School to strengthen students’ ‘learning to learn’ capabilities, and deepen teachers’ understandings of effective teaching.  

Tags: Cross-curricular, Effective pedagogy, Social sciences, Utilities/tools/gadgets, Lower secondary, Secondary


Students at Ashburton Netherby School used ICT technologies to share aspects of their learning.

Tags: Assessment, Social sciences, Communication, Multimedia – audio/music/sound, Presentation, Lower primary, Primary


Students at Somerville Intermediate School enhanced the presentation of their work about virtues using YouTube.

Tags: Social sciences, Multimedia – video, Primary, Upper primary

Blogger and Scribd

Students at Hinuera School in Matamata used Blogger and Scribd to support inquiry focused learning.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, Social sciences, Student inquiry, Blogging, Publishing, Social media, Primary, Upper primary

MimioStudio Notebook

Students at Ashburton Netherby School used information and communication technologies to support an inquiry focused approach to learning.

Tags: Effective pedagogy, Social sciences, Student inquiry, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Presentation, Lower primary, Primary

Movie Maker and PowerPoint

Students at Howick College increased their motivation to learn and their ownership of the learning process by using the multimedia tools Movie Maker and PowerPoint, and other mobile technologies.

Tags: Social sciences, BYOD, iPads, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Presentation, Secondary, Upper secondary

Raising student achievement

Polyfest provided Mangere College with the opportunity to re-think curriculum planning and design to improve student achievement results for NCEA.

Tags: English, Learning languages, Science, Social sciences, The Arts, Visual arts, Multimedia – graphics/animation, Multimedia – video, Secondary, Upper secondary

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A free online collection of virtual field trips to locations in New Zealand and Antarctica. The trips take an inquiry-based approach within science, social sciences, and the arts for both primary and secondary schools.

Social Sciences Online
Research, resources, ideas, and inspiration to help students understand how societies work and how people can participate as critical, active, informed, and responsible citizens.

The New Zealand Curriculum Online: Social sciences
An outline of the social sciences learning area structure. This section of New Zealand Curriculum Online provides an outline of the social sciences learning area structure, achievement objectives, and information. 

Making language and learning work
The Making Language and Learning Work DVDs demonstrate how to effectively integrate content-area teaching and language learning in mainstream subject classrooms for students from diverse language backgrounds. They show how to integrate effective literacy strategies, and how a range of teachers in different subject areas scaffold language and content area learning. The materials model how to personalise learning by supporting students at different levels of English proficiency in a manageable way in mainstream classes.

Walking Access Mapping System WAMS
A free-to-use, online tool that displays publicly accessible land across New Zealand to view high quality topographic maps and aerial imagery, overlaid with recreation information provided by partner organisations.

Statistics New Zealand maps including data relating to population, dwellings, electorates, etc.


Teacher discussions

Digital resources for ANZAC day
Join the Enabling e-Learning teaching group, share ANZAC resources and classroom teaching ideas and approaches in the discussion thread. 

Ka maumahara tonu tātou ki a rātou – We will remember them
A selection of resoures supporting Māori and Pasifika learners. Teachers can join the Learning with Digital Technologies for Māori and Pasifika Learners  group in the VLN and are invited to add resources and share how their class or kura plan to commemorate the day in this discussion.

Anzac Day – Lest we forget
Information and resources to support your classroom learning programme.

The Great War Exhibition
The Great War Exhibition tells the story of World War 1 from its pre-1914 origins to the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, honouring the role many Kiwis played. The exhibition is located in the Dominion Museum, Wellington. Entry is free.

Gallipoli: The scale of our war
This free exhibition at Te Papa has an educational programme for schools , and a series of videos with experts talking about the war and the building of the exhibition.

Nga Tapuwae Gallipoli app
Virtual tours of the Anzac battle locations, historical images, soldiers' stories and practical tips for visiting Gallipoli. Released by the First World War Centenary Programme (WW100).

What does ANZAC day mean to you?
Stories from New Zealanders sharing their experience of ANZAC collected on the Stuff website.

New Zealand History Online – Anzac Day
Resources, classroom ideas, and a media gallery.

A guide to Anzac Day for New Zealanders
Information about the Gallipoli campaign, Anzac Day today, and commemoration plans for the centenary.

Returned Services' Association
Historical information and upcoming commemoration events. Messages of remembrance can be left on a virtual remembrance wall.

New Zealand On Screen
This Anzac Day collection brings together over forty titles covering Kiwis at war. Iconic documentaries and films tell stories of terrible cost, heroism, and kinship.

New Zealand Archives film, Digistore resource 80334
A short black and white film about Anzac Day commemorations in Wellington in 1950. Please note that you need to join and log in to Digistore to access resources in the collection.

Christchurch City Libraries – Anzac Day
Information about Anzac Day and lists related books, resources, and websites on this children's page from the Christchurch City Libraries website.

First World War inquiry guides and resource packs
Resources to help students in years 1 to 13 gain insights into the First World War. The Ministry of Education, the National Library’s Services to Schools, and the WW100 Programme Office have worked together to develop these resources.

New Zealand WW100
The official New Zealand Government website about World War One commemorations covers local and international commemorative events, encourages the sharing of family stories, and looks in depth at the experiences of New Zealanders during the conflict.

First World War map 
Locate events mentioned in the First World War timeline on this map from New Zealand History Online.

Gallipoli diary, Digistore resource 2869
A page from the diary of Captain Edward Perry Cox of the Wellington Infantry Battalion, written during the First World War on 24 and 25 April 1915 on approach to Gallipoli.

Voices from the past
Oral histories from real Kiwi soldiers as they served New Zealand around the world.

School reading resources

  • Parts 3 and 4 of the June 2014 School Journals  have a focus on the First World War and Part 2 has an article about First World War animal mascots.
  • Junior Journal  number 48 features an article about a tortoise who is a veteran of the First World War.
  • Ready to Read  has teacher support materials and an audio recording of the Ready to Read text Dawn Parade.

e-Learning community discussions